Bullying Prevention and Intervention – APC034
Reviewed/Revised: September 2015
Students and educators have the right to a safe, secure and inviting school environment free from all forms of harassment, bullying, threats and violence of any kind. Bullying (physical, emotional, verbal, electronic) is a particularly insidious form of violence. It is destructive to a person’s physical and social/emotional health. It also has a negative impact on the climate and culture of a school. The Waterloo Catholic District School Board believes that all forms of bullying are unacceptable and subject to consequences. The Ministry of Education has now added bullying as an infraction that must be dealt with as part of its review of the safe schools initiative. School principals will use a restorative justice model as one strategy of intervention where appropriate. School districts are required to put policies and programs into place to address this serious issue. Policy/Program Memorandum 144 defines bullying as “…typically a form of repeated, persistent, and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance”. The purpose of this Administrative Procedures Memorandum is to denounce bullying in any form because:
Bullying adversely affects a student’s ability to learn.
Bullying adversely affects healthy relationships and the school climate.
Bullying adversely affects a school’s ability to educate its students.
Bullying will not be accepted on school property, at school-related activities, on school buses, or in any
other circumstances (e.g., online) where engaging in bullying will have a negative impact on the school